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Chicago-Kent College of Law
Established 1888
Dean Harold J. Krent
Location Chicago, IL, US
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Chicago-Kent College of Law is located in Chicago, IL

Chicago-Kent College of Law is an ABA accredited law school in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago-Kent is part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. It is the second oldest law school in Illinois. The School's name is a combination of two law schools which merged in 1900 to form present day Chicago-Kent: the Chicago College of Law and the Kent College of Law. The latter named for James Kent, American jurist and legal scholar.

Chicago-Kent was the nation’s first law school to make the computer a vital part of the study of law. Many of the applications of technology in the law school classroom today were pioneered at Chicago-Kent.

The 2005 full-time entering class has a median LSAT of 161 and a median GPA of 3.57.[1]

Illinois Institute of Technology's Downtown Campus, home of Chicago-Kent College of Law, Stuart School of Business, and Graduate Program in Public Administration

Rankings, Honors

The 2007 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools" ranked Chicago-Kent College of Law:

  • 60th in the country overall (tie)
  • 9th Intellectual Property Programs
  • 10th in the country in Legal Writing (tie)

Recent Leiter’s Law School Rankings placed the law school:

  • 37th Based on Faculty Quality, 2003-04 (tie)
  • 30th Top 50 Faculties: Per Capita Productivity of Books and Articles, 2000-02

Vault's 2007 Top 25 Most Underrated Law Schools ranked the law school:

  • 4th Most Underrated Law School in the U.S.

The Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team won the 32nd annual National Trial Competition.


  • Chicago-Kent teaches a standard first year law school curriculum with courses in Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property and Civil Procedure.
  • The school places a heavy emphasis on Legal Research and Writing]. Kent's writing curriculum has been used as a model for other programs.[2]
  • Students are well prepared to take the Illinois bar exam, with an 88.5% first time pass rate].[3]

Degree Programs


  • The school is founded as the Chicago College of Law in 1888.
  • Chicago College of Law and the Kent College of Law merge to form the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1900.
  • The school received its American Bar Association accreditation in 1936.
  • Chicago-Kent and the Illinois Institute of Technology merged in 1969.
  • Landmark three year legal writing program begins in 1978.

Notable alumni

  • Ida Platt, 1894. First black woman admitted to the Illinois bar, second woman of color admitted to bar in the United States.
  • Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, 1925. Appointed to Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President Kennedy, 1963.
  • Richard B. Ogilvie, 1949. Illinois Governor, 1969-1973.
  • Ilana Kara Diamond Rovner, 1966. First woman appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, by President Bush, 1992.


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